Tautai: We’re building momentum at right stage

Taulima Tautai is back from a calf injury
Taulima Tautai is back from a calf injury

TAULIMA Tautai reckons there’s much more at stake than two competition points today as Wigan charge towards the play-offs.

A victory against Catalans today – in the unusual setting of Millwall’s The Den – would mark the Warriors’ sixth from their last seven outings, with just three games to go before the play-offs.

And the prop reckons they will be perfectly-poised to have a crack at a Super League title if they are armed with momentum and form.

“We’re starting to build something,” said Tautai, who returns to the side from a calf injury.

“We got a good win against Warrington in our last game, and when we defend well we’ve learned we can grind wins out.

“I think, if we can keep it going and build on it, it puts us into a great position coming into the back end of the Super 8s. We’ll have a good crack at the Grand Final.”

Wigan need no reminding of Catalans’ ability – the French outfit won 58-16 in Perpignan in May.

“When they’re on, they’re on,” Tautai said. “We just didn’t turn up when we played them last, they did and they got their rewards.

“But we’ve improved since then and I reckon it’ll be a good match.

“I came through the juniors at Parramatta with Zeb Taia, he’s the kind of player who can create something out of nothing.”

Aussie Tautai is also looking forward to playing in the capital.

“I went down to London with my missus earlier this year, she said she wanted to look around but all she did was shop, so I came back broke,” he smiled.

“It’s really pretty though, I didn’t realise how big it is - it makes Sydney look small.”

Coach Shaun Wane is expected to keep with John Bateman in the centres - along with teenager Oliver Gildart - which would mean no place for Anthony Gelling.

And Josh Charnley and Dom Manfredi are expected to keep their wing spots, meaning fit-again Joe Burgess will miss out. Larne Patrick replaces injured Liam Farrell in the second-row.